Derek Jeter: The King Of Cool Calls It Quits

“There are major league ball players, then there are Yankees.”

30 for 30 – The House of Steinbrenner

How would you like to play Major League Baseball for the New York Yankees? In spite of any prior allegiances, the answer is almost always yes; just ask Johnny Damon, Kevin Youkilis, and now Jacoby Ellsbury. When New York comes calling, you can be assured they’ll make you an offer you can’t refuse. Playing for the winningest franchise in sports comes with just one requirement. Be the best player in history (and get a haircut you hippie!). For the last nineteen years, no one has embodied the role and requirements of being a Yankee more than Derek Jeter and yesterday he announced that 2014 will be his last. There isn’t just the end of an era, it’s the end of an institution.

Career .312 BA, 3,316 Hits,1,876 Runs

Before we get any farther into this story, let me be clear. I hate the Yankees. Continue reading

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Bigger Than Baseball: The First Sports Legend

Today is a great day for America. Not just because tomorrow is Friday. Today is a great day because our Pastime is back. Yup, that’s right sports fans. Today, February 6th, pitchers and catchers begin reporting to spring camps. It seems fitting then, that today is also the 119th birthday of George Herman “Babe” Ruth Jr. You know, that one guy. The greatest baseball player of all time. So I have to ask…

What do you know about George?

“Baseball,” a novice might say.

Yes, good answer. We’re off to a great start.

“Not as good as Ty Cobb,” the ghost of Ty Cobb would say (with considerable expletive).

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